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  1. Laura says:

    March 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Wait – they have to be socially responsible but cannot have moral or religious beliefs? Says who? Is this your personal opinion? I’m pretty sure that’s not at all the legal precedent. Social responsibility *is* a moral belief, anyway. I’m not disagreeing with your entire premise, but that particular line of reasoning is not going to hold up to scrutiny.

    I’m not an expert on the subject, but the courts have already ruled that certain businesses/organizations are exempt from the standard interpretation of anti-discrimination laws. Sure, you can argue those past legal decisions, but as they stand now, the contraception issue is not out of left field – it’s a continuation of those rulings.

    • Martha says:

      March 13, 2012 at 4:31 am

      Yes, it is my personal opinion. And sure, people can hold moral and religious beliefs. But IMHO, businesses should have social conscious and should be held to the laws that say we cannot discriminate. Where you are wrong is that I don’t see these people as my enemies. And I DO understand where they are coming from. I just believe that they are wrong. These laws put women and mothers at great jeopardy. It’s not only socially irresponsible, it’s morally wrong.

  2. Laura says:

    March 13, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Ugh, the rest got deleted…. Here’s my point, paraphrased: I don’t have strong feelings on this issue (except that Rush is an ass). I ‘m not Catholic, and I seem to be one of the few in the country who legitimately sees both sides. I’m just frustrated by the polarizing. As someone who doesn’t identify as either conservative or liberal but has many many friends who fall rabidly into both camps, all I know is that there are good, kind, passionate, smart, moral people on both ends of the “reproductive rights” debate. Can we move past the point of vilifying our opponents, assuming the most negative intent, and framing their strongly held views in the most extreme way possible? That’s what’s missing in the conversation. There’s way too much judgment being hurled every which way. Can we attempt to understand our “enemy”?

  3. says:

    March 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    You bring up some great points. It’s ironic that insurance will pay for Viagra so men can have sex with women, but women can’t be covered from getting pregnant from men. Women who get pregnant accidentally often carry the heavier burden, literally speaking, too. After all, it’s their bodies who are undergoing changes, and if the father bails, she’s left trying to deal with the situation alone.

    • Martha says:

      March 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      So true! Yes. And even if the dads don’t bail, moms typically carry the heavier load, literally and figuratively.

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